Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon
A network of small, free standalone libraries for children
Inspired by the “take a book, leave a book” movement, the Croque-Livres project has been deployed across the province of Quebec to instill the joy and excitement of reading in children up to 12 years old.
A cost-effective, weatherproof, customizable, ready-to-assemble structure
Since Croque-Livres would be distributed across the province of Quebec, ease of shipping and assembly was crucial. The product also had to be adaptable to multiple installation contexts, robust, weatherproof in all seasons, and fabricated for less than $200.
The final product is a system of flat, ready-to-assemble baltic birch plywood pieces—a material that is not only lightweight, but also encourages customization. The tongue-and-groove construction helps impermeability and facilitates the assembly process by minimizing the necessity for tools. Once put together, the box attracts kids’ attention and reinforces the network’s iconic imagery: the ‘mouth’ of the library literally communicates the notion of “consuming books” (croque-livres).
Connecting communities through the pleasure of reading
By providing greater access to books, Croque-Livres contributes to alleviating the effects of poverty through improved education. Since launching in 2014, nearly 250 Croque-Livres have been adopted by schools, institutions, daycares, and private organizations.
Grand Prix Strat 2015
North American Excellence Awards 2015
Industrial Design: Dikini
Design graphique: Caroline Reumont
Web content management: Espace Temps
Photos : Dikini, Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon